A loan of $1,225 helped to buy tilapia and feed.


María Lucia's story

María Lucia
Sarapiqui

Maria Lucia is a person with lots of energy and a desire to start her new projects for improving the family income. She is the head of household and has a retired son due to being an invalid. He helps her with the work of caring for the tilapias and chickens. She used the money from the previous loan to buy tilapias which were destroyed by a flood in the nearby ravines. This problem has been resolved and she is ready to continue. She wants to increase her number of chickens and sell them in the community. She has been working as a cook for a long time at the banana plantation from where she retired.

With everyone’s support they started with 500 tilapia, built the pools, and bought the necessary work supplies. As a result of growth, she built an additional pool and would like to cement it in for the final phase so she can improve the raising conditions and offer a better product. She has sold a small quantity to neighbors and to one of her daughters who has a restaurant on the main street.

The activity will resume, since it was not able to because of the earlier described situation. She has made the improvements to the pools but needs capital to buy the tilapia and feed. She says that she has a pension that will allow her to repay the loan and eventualities as described. She will also buy chickens to raise so she can have another source of income.

There is enough land on which to develop this activity. The tilapia pools are set up to prevent going broke and there are the chicken coups. She lives in a populated neighborhood and there is a potential for sales. There is also an establishment nearby where the product is also offered.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes



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